10 Last Minute Ideas For Christmas Gifts

Are you struggling to find Christmas gift ideas for your loved ones or for yourself? Be careful, you only have a few days to go! In case you need a little help, here are our picks of special gifts to enhance your life and reach your goals.

 

  1. Alfred Hitchcock’s Masterpiece Collection

$150

If you wish to improve your cinema culture, this collection contains 15 of the finest works from the “Master of Suspense” and 30 years of Hollywood legends, including James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Anthony Perkins, Sean Connery and Doris Day.  For fans of Alfred Hitchcock or fans of cinema in general, this present will hit the mark!

 

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  1. GoPro Hero 4

From $399.99

For all travelers, adventurers, all-kind-of-sports lovers, here is the best action camera to record your achievements. Do we really need to present the GoPro camera?

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  1. Garmin GPS watch Forerunner 220

$249.99

When you have such a beautiful GPS watch as the Garmin Forerunner 220, you’ll end up going for a run just to use your watch! For the triathletes among you, we recommend an upgrade to the new Forerunner 920XT (works for cycling and swimming).

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  1. Luxury wine set by Paul Bocuse

Tasting is the first step towards enriching your wine culture. This wine set imagined by French chef Paul Bocuse will make winetasting a deeper experience. It includes a metal lever corkscrew with holder, a pourer, a bottle stopper and a foil cutter.

Check out Wikihow’s 10 steps on how to test a wine

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  1. Resistance bands

Owning resistance bands is like having a gym everywhere with you. They come very handy when you travel. Whether you are a dancer, a swimmer, a runner or a yogi, resistance bands are perfectly suited for strengthening both the upper and the lower body.

Check out the 33 resistance band exercises you can do anywhere and see by yourself how helpful resistance bands can be!

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  1. Shure SRH1540 headphones

From $499.00

If you want to appreciate high-quality music while commuting or isolate yourself while working, these headphones are the right gift. We love the design, and the quality of the sound is just amazing!

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  1. Neuro:on smart sleep mask

$299

The next generation technologies for sleep monitoring are here! The neuro:on is a professional sleep and rest manager that helps you feel refreshed after waking up and relaxed throughout the day. It hasn’t been released yet so we haven’t tested the final product but we ordered it a few months back on Kickstarter.

Check out our 5 reasons to start tracking your activities 

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  1. Triathlon transition bag by Blueseventy

$100

The perfect bag for race day! Blueseventy’s transition bag features a large wetsuit compartment that separates your wet gear from dry, a large top load section for shoes, clothing, towels and more; two expandable side water bottle holders and four smaller zipped pockets for essential items. It really has been designed to make the triathletes’ lives easier – and cooler!

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  1. Moleskine notebook inspired by Lego

From $18.95

If writing regularly is on your New Year’s resolutions, using proper material could make a difference: writing in itself will be so pleasant that sticking to your resolution will be a walk in the park. This beautiful Moleskine will inspire you to keep notes through the year.

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10. Hickies lacing system

$14.99

These ultra-cool laces called Hickies may well be the little extra motivation you needed to go for a run during the cold winter days! Good thing: you can choose from 16 different color combinations, and they are expandable to give you a comfortable fit. Good for runners and fashion lovers.

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5 Essential Apps to Get Into Jogging

essential-apps-to-motivate-joggingIt can be hard to get yourself to jog when the thought of a comfortable couch and TV seems like a much easier option. As the days are getting shorter and the temperature quickly declining, so is our motivation to actually get out there and exercise.

Fortunately, there are mobile apps that can make jogging more enjoyable. Use these apps alongside goalmap and you will get into a fitness routine in no time!

Nike Training + Nike Running

Use these two apps together and you have your whole fitness routine planned out for you. In Nike Training, you can create your own four-week program complete with varying degree of exercises mixed with running sessions. Nike Training syncs with Nike Running and the two can be used independently.

By using the apps together, in just four weeks you should be completing high-intensity workouts and running three miles without having to catch your breath.

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Zombies, Run!

As the name suggests, this isn’t your ordinary running app. Zombies, Run! immerses the user in a game that happens to also involve a lot of running. You would be having too much fun trying to get away from the undead to even know that you’re actually getting fit in the process.

The app has different modes and adventures to choose from, including one where you can decide to walk instead. In addition to the fun-factor, Zombies, Run! provides useful stats and data a jogger would want to see.

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RockMyRun

Sometimes all you need is a good playlist to really get the heart pumping. The good thing about RockMyRun is that you won’t be stalling your jog to create the perfect running playlist. Instead, you’re ready to go as the app will automatically create the perfect tracks depending on your pace.

RockMyRun tracks your movements and dynamically changes the tempo to suit your pace. The app claims that it can actually improve your workouts and can be used with  apps like RunKeeper and Nike Running.

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Moves

Moves is an app that helps to track your every move, whether you’re jogging, walking, running or cycling. It’s a great way to visualize your daily movements and helps you to understand that every step counts. The app can even calculate the number of calories burned and map out your daily route.

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Waterlogged

Sometimes you feel unmotivated and lazy simply due to the fact that you haven’t drunk enough water. Waterlogged is a simple app to ensure that you’re getting enough intake of water each day. It might sound silly at the start, but you would be surprised to know that most of us aren’t drinking enough (the standard is eight glasses per day).

Waterlogged can be synced with Fitbit and can chart out graphs and send out reminders.

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Featured photo credit: jacsonquerubin

20 Blogs That Will Inspire You to Achieve Your Goals in Life

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Self development or personal growth blogs are easy to access, never more than a click or a finger tap away – I mean, if you have an Internet connection… What a wonderful well of knowledge and experience to tap in! Blogs can be a fantastic source of motivation and inspiration, which we can harness to achieve our goals in life. Some will give you ideas of goals, others will provide you with methodologies on how to get there or boost your morale on the way.

The only issue is that there are so many of them that you may get overwhelmed by information overload. That’s what the purpose of this post is: help you find your way in the blog jungle and offer you a selection of some of the most interesting self-realization blogs out there. [Read more…]

Quantified Self: How Self-tracking Technology Can Improve Your Life

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“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu

Data acquisition is not new to mankind. In the ancient times, the kings were already acquiring vital information from prophets, royal counselors, and fortune tellers to make better decisions for achieving longevity, prosperity and power.

In today’s era of social media, apps and wearable tech, technology makes personal data easily available and accessible. As an alternative to consulting fortune tellers, we can now leverage the Internet of things to acquire intelligent data and improve the quality of our lives. [Read more…]